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Parents Resources –Empowering you to make a difference

From the everyday routines of parenting and family life to the challenges of coordinating schedules and navigating systems that aren’t always designed with you in mind, Amy Zier & Associates is here with resources parents need.
We go out of our way to get out into the community and learn more about groups, organizations and activities that are able to benefit the children and families that rely on us for pediatric therapy.  We also do all we can to educate others, so you are empowered to make a difference in ways that might not otherwise have been possible.
Take a look at the links below to access the information you need. As always, feel free to contact Amy Zier & Associates to suggest other resources or to ask questions that are not covered here.
Want to schedule an appointment with us?  The first step is a call Alainya at 773-755-7791.  For your convenience we have provided links to our basic intake forms. Click on the titles below to download the form.

Parent Sensory Questionnaire
Parent Pack
Family Assistance Information Survey

The Sensory Kids
The Sensory Kids is a mom owned & run business focused on serving the special needs community. The Sensory Kids offers product sales, support online, and by private appointment as well as product consulting for professionals, sensory parties and product demos at schools, clinics and private groups.  Visit www.sensorykidstore.com or contact them for more information & products.

The Sensory Kids
Wilmette, IL

Handwriting Support
If your child has challenges with handwriting, you may find this article, written by AZ+A pediatric occupational therapist, Kathy Flentge, OTR/L, to be helpful.
For more detailed information about handwriting programs visit our school and educational support page.

Eye Can Learn
Eye exercises to improve learning and visual attention www.eyecanlearn.com

How To Make Flubber
Flubber is a great tool for tactile input.  We find that a single batch isn't typically enough to really get your hands into this gooey stuff, so we've included a recipe for a double batch of flubber.  If you prefer, start with a half batch to see if this is enough for your needs.

What you'll need:
  1. Borax Laundry Booster
  2. 1 medium bowl
  3. Wooden spoon (or nonstick spoon)
  4. 1 container with lid (to store your flubber)
  5. Food coloring
  6. Glue
  7. Hot Water

There are two different solutions that you'll be making before mixing them together: the Borax Solution & the Glue Solution. It doesn't matter what order you make them in.

The Borax Solution
2  2/3 cup of hot water
6 teaspoons of powdered Borax
Mix together (with a wooden or non stick spoon) in the medium bowl until the Borax is completely disolved.

Glue Solution
3 cups of hot water
4 cups of school glue
10 drops of food coloring
Mix the glue, water & food coloring in the container with a lid.  It's best to use your fingers to make sure that the glue is completely mixed with the water. Mix this thoroughly or it will impact your end results.
Once your borax solution & the glue solution are ready, take the borax solution and pour it into the glue solution.  Knead with your hands.  The mixture will start out viscous but should quickly begin to thicken.  You'll really need to get your hands in this in order for the glue solution to absorb all the water; this is not something you can mix with a spoon.

Your flubber's ready to use!  This batch (kept free of debris) will last approximately a month.  It's normal for some water to collect on the top of the lid or inside the container once the flubber has been sitting for some time.  Simply drain the water in the sink & wipe the lid with a rag.  To dispose of your flubber, throw it in the trash NOT down the sink.  This is a sticky substance so be careful not to get on clothing or carpet.

Insurance Support
Having trouble with insurance claim denials? MedicClaim Consultants, LLC. may be able to assist you.  www.MedicClaim.com

Gail Borgerd
MedicClaim Consultants

1716A Pickwick Lane
Glenviw, IL 60025
Voice 847-657-1157
Fax 847-657-1167

Amy Zier & Associates takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to treating each child's individual needs.  We want to introduce you to some key players.

Cindy Dimmitt, MA, CMT, CST specializes in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for babies, children and adults. CST is a gentle light touch approach that releases tensions deep in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax and self-correct. It helps you naturally free yourself from pain, stress, and discomfort. It can be beneficial for children with sensory integration disorder, ADHD, issues related to birth trauma, and more. Cindy has a private practice on the North side of Chicago. For more information about Cindy or CranioSacral Therapy to determine if CST might be something you want to try, please refer to her website or contact Cindy by phone at 773-931-9392 or by email at cdimmitt@mindspring.com.

Dr. Jeffrey Getzell O.D.,  F.C.O.V.D. Developmental Optometry
Pathways to Better Vision
 1740 Ridge, Suite 100B Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone 847.866.9850 Fax 847.866.9822

Cara Lindell
www.kinetickonnections.com  847.390.8348
Cara is the president and founder of
Kinetic Konnections.  She and her team "Help to restore micro-movements... so you can move better, think better, feel better."  They activate prenatal neuromuscular stabilizing sequences.  They troubleshoot breakdowns in the ability to stabilize or move efficiently.  Once these sequences are restored, the foundation is present for your Occupational therapist to work with and further develop.

Educational Services Associates
 www.edtherapychicago.org   (773) 538-5003
Educational Services Associates is a group practice providing educational therapy, remedial tutoring, educational and neuropsychological evaluation, and consultation services to children and adolescents with learning challenges. ESA's mission is to develop independent, successful learners who view themselves as competent participants in the social context of their community.

Bonnie Minsky

www.nutritionalconcepts.com  847-498-3422 
Bonnie is a licensed Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Teacher, Certified Guidance Counselor, Public Speaker & Media Spokeswoman.  Bonnie does nutritional consultations and is a wealth of information. 

Sarah Watkin LCSW
www.wholefamilyinc.com  (312) 519-3187 
Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker located in Lakeview.  Together with her colleagues, Whole Family Inc. offers a range of supports for families including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT),  Individual therapy for children, teens and adults, family therapy, group therapy, and therapeutic yoga.

Dr. Sarah Weber 
www.totalbalancechiro.com  773-236-2929
Sarah is a chiropractor that focuses on pediatrics and adults.  She has a specialty in Digestive Nutrition from Logan College of Chiropractic and she is in the process of finishing a certificate in Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.  Dr. Sarah has been helpful for helping many of our clients restore balance within the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which is common in children that have sensory processing disorders.

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